Over the weekend, a lawyer representing Jacob Blake, the young man who was shot seven times by Kenosha police during an attempted arrest, recorded a message from his bedside and posted it up on social media. In the message, Blake encourages folks to “change” their “lives,” putting a strong emphasis on the physical suffering he’s endured as a result of the shooting.
“I just wanna say, man, to all the young cats out there, and even the older ones, older than me, there’s a lot more life to live out here, man,” Blake said.
via Daily Wire:
“Your life,” he continued, snapping his fingers, “and not only just your life, your legs — something that you need to move around and to move forward in life — can be taken from you like this, man.”
“And I promise you, the type of s*** that you’ll go through — staples, I got staples in my back, staples in my damn stomach — you do not wanna have to deal with this s***, man. Twenty-four hours, every 24 hours, it’s pain, it’s nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side to side, it hurts to eat,” he added.
“Please, I’m telling you, change your lives, out there” Blake pleaded. “We can stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out here, man, because it’s so much time that has been wasted.”
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 6, 2020
Lest we all forget, Blake had several warrants out for his arrest for crimes like sexual assault and domestic violence. This is not an innocent man, by any stretch of the imagination.
The suffering he has endured was a result of extremely poor decision making. Had he obeyed police and not ignored their commands and reached into his car for a weapon, he wouldn’t have been shot. Period.
Blake needs to take responsibility for his role in the incident. If he really wants to make an impact, he also should denounce the violence being committed in his name.